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Intel has confirmed their plans for a discrete GPU to release in 2020

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Intel has now officially confirmed that they will release a discrete GPU that will be available in 2020. While we already knew they were planning it, actually giving it a date makes it that little bit more real.

Their Twitter post sent out earlier simply said this:

Intel's first discrete GPU coming in 2020: https://intel.ly/2ylFwrl 

The link was to an older article (the one we covered before), but there's also this article from MarketWatch (Intel retweeted it, so it's legitimate) which confirms that Intel CEO, Brian Krzanich, also said so during an analyst event last week. From the article:

Intel did not go into detail about what performance level or target market this first discrete GPU solution might address, but Intel’s executive vice president of the data center group, Navin Shenoy, confirmed that the company’s strategy will include solutions for data center segments (think AI, machine learning) along with client (think gaming, professional development).

It's going to be a fun time for PC enthusiasts. With the only players currently being NVIDIA and AMD, this could firmly shake up the market resulting in even more competition and hopefully lower prices too.

Hopefully Intel will stick with their open source drivers for it, like they do for their integrated graphics. Would be a huge shame if they didn't.

What are your thoughts?

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poisond 13 June 2018 at 11:21 am UTC
pete910Intel can't do **** in the GPU space without either Nvidia or AMD, they have all the IP needed.
But Intel has been producing GPUs forever(just not discrete ones) and is the #1 GPU manufacturer.

Anyway, I doubt they'll come up with anything competitive by 2020.
pete910 13 June 2018 at 4:31 pm UTC
poisond
pete910Intel can't do **** in the GPU space without either Nvidia or AMD, they have all the IP needed.
But Intel has been producing GPUs forever(just not discrete ones) and is the #1 GPU manufacturer.

Anyway, I doubt they'll come up with anything competitive by 2020.

Ranking is debatable however, they still licensed the IP from NV/AMD over the years so the main point still stands.
Comandante Ñoñardo 13 June 2018 at 4:33 pm UTC
Here in Argentina, an EVGA GTX 1060 6GB is about 425 U$D.. At this moment, 1U$D is about 26.33 AR$.
chrisq 13 June 2018 at 5:21 pm UTC
Comandante ÑoñardoHere in Argentina, an EVGA GTX 1060 6GB is about 425 U$D.. At this moment, 1U$D is about 26.33 AR$.

What's a "digital_che"?
A digital mass murderer?
razing32 13 June 2018 at 7:00 pm UTC
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Would be interesting , more competition is better for consumers.
Just wonder how powerful , reliable and costly the thing will be.
tonR 13 June 2018 at 8:31 pm UTC
Good news for FOSS community regardless what your favourite CPU/GPU maker. Love them of hate them, Intel have superb track record on open source drivers/software and is VERY HUGE in everthing semiconductors.

Intel is dominated on server market. Almost all server in this world using open source system. So, I'm 100% sure Intel will ensure all their GPUs will be run on open source platform by provide necessary code, driver, etc., so it's also good news for *BSD too which know have dreadful GPU support AFAIK. Which means AMD (and possibly nVidia) will also doing same to compete with Intel. I hope....

One particular thing is very interesting for me. Intel plan to released it in 2020. Windows 7 EOL is 2020.
Hmm......

p/s: I hope Intel and AMD working together to make x86 chipset for mobile devices/smartphones. I'm totally dislike all ARM chipmakers' doing/done right now!
DMJC 13 June 2018 at 10:08 pm UTC
Here in Australia, my salary is pretty average at $4000/month, an NVIDIA 1060 GTX 6gb costs $499. I suspect Intel will struggle to make a decent GPU. There are patents covering tons of aspects of GPU development and most of them are owned by NVIDIA and Microsoft (acquired from SGI). I think the biggest threat to NVIDIA/Intel/AMD is actually the Chinese electronics industry. I am very curious to see if chips like the Sunway Taihu Light supercomputer uses will become available to the western markets for consumer PCs/Corporate servers.


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Pikolo 14 June 2018 at 12:46 am UTC
Here is a bit of rain for your parade guys... Intel controls the CPU market. Not as much as last year, but still.

Thanks to a court ruling on their anticompetitive practices against AMD, they have to maintain interoperability with modern GPUs(aka. PCI-E compatibility) for 10 years. These 10 years are about to expire in early 2020s and I'll be surprised if they don't try to push for chips that only fit on motherboards that can't use PCI-E, but will happiliy fit an Intel dGPU...

But hopefully the market won't let them get away with it
jaycee 14 June 2018 at 11:51 am UTC
Honestly Intel's track record in the discrete GPU game is not a good one. Pretty much all of Intel's GPU offerings have been woefully underperforming compared to their competitors.

Still, their GPU's do have their uses at the lower end, so maybe a bit of competition would be a good thing. For gaming though it's quite likely the market will still be dominated by NV and AMD. AMD really are coming on leaps and bounds with Mesa, just recently we have Mareko find and solve a major performance blocker with MXGP3 on Mesa (in the driver, not our code).
tuubi 14 June 2018 at 1:30 pm UTC
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jayceeHonestly Intel's track record in the discrete GPU game is not a good one.
Isn't the point of this announcement that they're actually releasing their first proper discrete chip? Surely there's no track record to speak of. Not that I expect their first offering to truly compete with the best of AMD or Nvidia. Competition even at the lower end of the spectrum can only be a good thing.
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